The project Physical Internet Living Lab (“PILL”) started at the beginning of 2021. The Physical Internet (“PI”) is an innovative concept, a next-generation vision on efficient, resilient and sustainable logistics. The PI aims to interconnect transport networks, looking to move freight in the most optimal way ⎯ from origin to destination. But before going into detail, let’s start with some terminology.


  • Firstly, we want to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of node processes by utilizing assets and spare capacities in order to accommodate transport demand and facilitate the complex physical reality of logistics. In this regard, optimization of human resources, equipment, infrastructure etc. will be taken into account.
  • Secondly, we want to create transparent real-time services to be used by companies operating within nodes connectable to long-distance flows by rail, road, or inland waterways.
  • Furthermore, we will devise collaborative and proactive strategies for companies enabling them to use their assets to the maximum. The latter, proactive, refers to proactive solution-seeking of IoT objects when receiving different ETAs of transport means approaching the nodes. This will result in the development of new operational models as well as business models that support autonomous interaction between PI nodes and their network(s).
  • And last, but not least: we want the Digital Twins to create a symbiosis between the virtual risk-free environment and the real physical system. Such a symbiosis will contribute to reducing infrastructure investments and expansion as a result of enhanced and improved operations within nodes.


  • Transport & Mobility
  • Physical Internet


  • VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Imec
  • VIL

Advisory Board

  • Air Cargo Belgium
  • Alice
  • Vlaamse Waterwegen
  • Delca Logistics
  • Dockflow
  • DP World
  • ECS
  • FOD Financien
  • GS1
  • Lanark
  • Lineas
  • Microsoft
  • Vlaanderen mobiliteit & openbare werken
  • NxtPort
  • P&G
  • POM
  • Port of Antwerp
  • Port of Zeebrugge
  • PSA
  • Rombit
  • RX Seaport
  • Sensolus
  • T-mining
  • The Beacon
  • Trivizor
  • Ubidata